|THE MARAIS DISTRICT & PLACE DES VOSGES
The Place des Vosges lies in the heart of the Marais
district, not far from the new Bastille opera. King Henri IV decided
its construction at the beginning of the XVIIth century. The Place
des Vosges has a brick and stone architecture unique in Paris.
It also features an homogeneous square design and lovely arcades.
This romantic square is one of the oldest and most handsome in
Paris. Surrounded by the arcades of splendid palaces, it was a
meetingplace in the 17th century of its elegant and wealthy population.
Originally called ‘La Place Royale’ in 1612, it received
its present name after the Revolution.
Place des Vosges today
Many Parisians consider Place des Vosges as one of the most beautiful
plazas in the city.
In the center of the Place, there is a statue of Louis XIII which
dates back to 1825.
At the Place des Vosges, you will find many shops, cafés
and restaurants. And for the window shoppers, don't forget to
take a look at the fine antique store, and the book and record
Ever since it was thoroughly renovated, with restaurants in all
categories offering lunch and dinner or simply drinks.
Window shoppers will find the antique stores, the book and record
shops, or the boutiques nested in the arcade to be most inviting.
Weather permitting, one can take a nap in the public gardens.
The Place des Vosges also features a garden. It is a
good starting point for a visit to the Marais district or shopping
in the rue des Françs-Bourgeois near-by. The Place des
Vosges is close to the metro station Saint-Paul on line 1. It
can also be reached on foot from the Pompidou center (15 mn, the
Bastille opera (10 mn) or the Notre-Dame cathedral (20 mn), all
of them very pleasant walks.
How to get there
Metro line 1,5 or 8 : Bastille, St-Paul or Breguet Sabin
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